With the run-up to 5G consuming a lot of news cycles, it's easy to forget that, for a lot of places, 4G is still the next generation communications venue of choice. Recently, Nokia (News - Alert) and Brazil's TIM got together to expand 4G coverage in the region, and is setting the stage for future expansion to 5G later on.
The new contract further extends an already long-term relationship between Nokia and TIM, as TIM represents the current leader in 4G network coverage in Brazil. It's also the first operator to take advantage of 2600 Mhz frequency and modify the 1800 Mhz band to offer 4G LTE (News - Alert) access. That's a good advance in its own right, but TIM is stepping things up by taking advantage of the 700 Mhz spectrum band, and it's turned to Nokia in support of that goal.
Nokia, meanwhile, will be bringing in its AirScale radio access platform to help drive the connectivity; with AirScale in place, several different radio technologies at once can be used on one common base station, and can be scaled upward as needed to support the growing demands that will be posed by both 5G access and the Internet of Things (IoT) movement. Plus, setting up such a system now helps ensure a smoother transition to 5G once the commercial rollouts are ready.
Nokia's head of the TIM Brazil customer team, Luiz Tonisi, commented, “Our commitment with TIM is to deliver a best-in-class service experience for its subscribers. This project is an important milestone for us as it paves the way towards the network of the future and reinforces our long-standing partnership with TIM. The near future looks very promising with the possibility to expand further our LTE footprint and make a positive impact in the digital society.”
It's clear that TIM is focused on the future, but not at the cost of the present. That's good news for its subscriber base, which won't have to wait for “the future” to get access to the best in next generation communications technology. TIM seems fairly well committed to making the necessary upgrades as such become available, and that means the subscribers likely won't get far in looking for a company that does a better job of upgrading systems.
TIM has effectively future-proofed its systems for a few years to come, thanks to its ongoing partnership with Nokia. The resulting value generated means that TIM's customer base will likely continue turning to TIM for next generation communications technology for some time to come.
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Edited by Alicia Young